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Green Lake path to be re-striped today

May 7th, 2015 by Mike

Thursday morning: Stripe plus 10 minutes.

That big truck on the Green Lake paved path today?

The Seattle parks and transportation departments have teamed up to repaint the center stripe on the path.

Visitors to Green Lake Park will see an SDOT crew painting the center yellow line on the Green Lake pedestrian path. SDOT will begin work at 9 a.m. and anticipates the project will take 6 to 8 hours.

The lines on the Green Lake path define the rules of use for many thousands of people per year and help regulate congestion on the path. The City asks park visitors for their patience and cooperation during the painting.

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with SDOT for the work. This city collaboration provides a more efficient way to paint the path and will minimize the amount of time the path is closed to the community.

Use of the SDOT truck will enable completion of this work in a shorter time frame than is typical and will provide more visible, long lasting lines.

On Thursday, SDOT will provide a pilot truck for the paint truck and staff will tail the paint truck to warn pedestrians as the wet paint is applied.

The path will remain open and visitors using the path will be detoured around the painting project vehicles.

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A few tickets remain for Saturday’s dinner with Steve Scher

May 6th, 2015 by Mike

A popular northeast Seattle event is this Saturday evening, and a few tickets remain.

The event is NEST’s annual community dinner, this time featuring northeast resident Steve Scher of KUOW fame.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Saturday, May 9, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.

Previous spring benefit dinners have sold out, last year’s with 146 people and the previous year with more than 130.

NEST is a  local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.

Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75, of which $50 will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the red “click for tickets” image in the middle of  the page.

For other payment options, or for more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at, 206-525-6378, or visit

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is a NEST incorporator and previous board president.

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Nathan Hale plant sale starts today

May 6th, 2015 by Mike

The three-day Nathan Hale High School Horticulture Plant Sale began at 2 p.m. today.

The wildly popular annual sale, featuring everything from hanging baskets to tomatoes, is at the school’s greenhouse, off of Northeast 110th Street and 34th Avenue Northeast, just north of Jane Addams Middle School.

The sale runs until 6 p.m. today, from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, skips Friday, and opens 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9th.

For more details, including plant lists, go to their Facebook page.

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Thunder, lightning, small hail here now

May 5th, 2015 by Mike

The National Weather Service in Seattle is collecting reports on the storm here.

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Today is GiveBIG day for your favorite charity

May 5th, 2015 by Mike

Poster at the park for the Maple Leaf Community Council on GiveBIG day.

Perhaps you’ve already received an email. Or 12. From charities you support.

It’s GiveBIG day.

All donations made through The Seattle Foundation’s website on GiveBIG day will receive a percentage of the matching funds (or “stretch”) pool. This percentage depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. In other words, it is a prorated match.

In 2014, the stretch pool was $1,000,000 and the total amount of stretch-eligible donations was $12,800,000. The stretch percentage worked out to 8.3% (or approximately 8 cents on the dollar).

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Update, kind of, on CenturyLink and fiber Internet

May 4th, 2015 by Mike

Seeing this story in The Seattle Times today – “Seattle activists push for city-run, high-speed Internet service” – reminds us of the high level of interest in our last piece on CenturyLink and high-speed fiber-optic Internet here.

Lots of folks wondered WHEN it might arrive in Maple Leaf.

Joseph, for example, on April 17: “I’ve seen several trucks wiring up new cables on the poles. Neighbor said they were CenturyLink wiring up fiber. Any clue as to when they might start offering it to Maple Leaf?”

Answer: We still don’t know.

Last Thursday, CenturyLink picked up the thread again:

I wanted to share an update on CenturyLink’s expansion of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) broadband services across Seattle. Since announcing in August 2014, CenturyLink has made 1 Gbps service available to more than 60,000 households in the greater Seattle area and is on the way to meeting its goal of more than 100,000 residences by year’s end.

This weekend, CenturyLink – the largest provider of 1 Gbps service for consumers in Seattle and the leading provider of gig services to Seattle businesses – is celebrating West Seattle becoming a gigabit community by teaming up with Cupcake Royale to give away 1,000 free cupcakes.

That’s great, we replied. “What folks here want to know is WHEN they can connect in the Maple Leaf/Green Lake/Northgate areas.”

To which the reply was: “CenturyLink is currently installing 1 Gbps services in Green Lake – residents can register to receive updates on when the service is available at We will continue to keep you updated as CenturyLink expands into additional neighborhoods in your area.”

To follow those directions, you’ll need to create a sign-in with CenturyLink.

Or remember how to get into the one you’ve forgotten the password for.

Two days later, at Maple Leaf Life South, we got to “check availability,” and this.

We did fill out the form: “Be the first to know when speeds up to 1 Gig are in your area.”

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Keys found off N.E. 86th St.

May 1st, 2015 by Mike

Heather emails:

We found a set of keys (see attached pic) in front of our house on 17th Place Northeast and Northeast 86th Street.

Wanted to see if you can post it to the blog so someone can claim it.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

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Maple Leaf house on Saturday’s Modern Home Tour

May 1st, 2015 by Mike

Last year, when we wrote about the Chiarelli-Dore House, we said it looks quite unassuming from the street.

But different from within.

On Saturday the Maple Leaf home, at 843 N.E. 100th St., is open to the public as part of the 2015 Seattle Modern Home Tour.

The tour sponsors, an outfit based in Austin, Tx., have partnered with the non-profit Seattle Architecture Foundation .

The Saturday tour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., features six homes in Seattle. More details are here.

Prices are $30 online in advance plus a $2.64 fee, or $40 on Saturday; buy tickets at any of the homes.

More details on the Maple Leaf home are at our last year’s post, which is when the home that architect James Chiarelli built for his family in 1949 was designated a Seattle Historic Landmark.

The Seattle Times wrote about it earlier this week in Pacific NW Magazine. (Hint: The Tines says Readers of Pacific NW magazine can get $5 off the price of each advance ticket purchased online using the code PNWMAG at

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Four photos from Maple Leaf this week

April 30th, 2015 by Mike

Familiar scene. Anything different?

Glad it’s not me!

After Wednesday night’s meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council executive board, the council posted this on its Facebook page. “Some of the initial architectural designs for the new building on the Waldo Hospital site.” This view looks east from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It’s still there.

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Olympic View Elementary seeks donated books

April 29th, 2015 by Mike

Sue emails:

I am a PTA member at Olympic View and Maple Leaf resident on Northeast 84th Street, and I’m organizing the annual used book sale, to be held at OV on May 29th and 30th.

We are currently seeking used book, CD, and DVD donations from the community. Would you be able to put the call out on your blog for donations?

This year, these are our donation drop-off locations:


* SEATTLE ATHLETIC CLUB NORTHGATE – one free guest pass per donation (limit 10 per day; while supplies last)

* CLOUD CITY COFFEE – one free drip coffee for 5+ items or a free 12 oz drink of any kind for 10+ items

* OLYMPIC VIEW ELEMENTARY – yellow drop box in front of the school (504 NE 95th St)

The sale itself will be Friday, May 29th from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E, 95th St.

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Remember: Community Council meets Wednesday night

April 28th, 2015 by Mike

The April general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday night.

It’s an important one.

From our previous post:

Two of Maple Leaf’s most visible residents are stepping down after years on the Maple Leaf Community Council – an organization that played a major role in shaping our neighborhood.

The ubiquitous Donna Hartmann-Miller (seen rousing the 12th Man) is stepping down from her council position when her term expires next month. (She’s also ubiquitous here.)

Her husband, David Miller – who has served as council president for nearly six years – will step down from the president’s position in May, but remain on the council until his term expires in 2016.

The nine-member executive committee actually needs to fill four of those slots, hopefully Wednesday night.

There will also be a briefing from Aegis Living, the company redeveloping the Waldo Hospital site.

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. St.

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Seattle Police detail plans for Maples Leaf (sic)

April 25th, 2015 by Mike

The graphic, above, pretty much says it all.

Although publicity of the Seattle Police Department’s current enforcement push has focused mainly on its 9 1/2 Block downtown strategy, it also earlier this week announced plans on a neighborhood level. Called Micro Community Policing Plans. (Update: Related Danny Westneat column here.)

This is what they say about us.

* “Maples Leaf”  is, for policing purposes, considered part of the Roosevelt/Ravenna neighborhood. As are Wedgwood and Green Lake. Here is the pdf.

Enforcement priorities are:

* Burglaries.

* Drug use in Cowen Park (which IS in Roosevelt/Ravenna, near Whole Foods).

* Bar noise, traffic safety and

* Urinating in public.

Not entirely familiar? We could be in the Northgate neighborhood (including Haller Lake, Pinehurst and North College Park).

There the priorities are:

* Prostitution (along Aurora Avenue North).

* Graffiti.

* Burglaries.

* Traffic safety and lack of lighting.

We’ll be happy to funnel any comments to the North Precinct.

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A mural for Maple Leaf’s water tower?

April 25th, 2015 by Mike

Annie emails: “I saw an article in Maple Leaf Life back in August of 2010 associated with a media release to keep the water tower in Maple Leaf.

“I’m an artist taking a mural class at North Seattle College and live a few blocks from the water tower. One of my assignments is to propose a public mural, and I couldn’t help but think about a hypothetical proposal for the water tower to have a facelift!

“This is hypothetical as an assignment, but I’ll be designing and proposing with all considerations a mural to be hypothetically painted. I’m interested in information to do my project. Measurements are a must. This will potentially be a plan the city may want to use.

“Do you know where I could access the schematic plan for the 1948 build of the tower? Do you know who’s in charge of making a decision about the tower’s aesthetics? Any opinions about the message of the artwork?

“We could create a poll and ask on the blog what people want to see.”

We’ll put Annie in touch with Andy Ryan, media relations coordinator for Seattle Public Utilities.

The tower, as we’ve reported, has now been empty of water for years, and will not be returned to service. It doesn’t meet modern earthquake standards.

The city is leaving it up as a landmark (and platform for antennas). Other suggestions here have included turning it into an observation platform, a rotating restaurant or a  hawk aerie.

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Olympic View plant sale today and Saturday

April 24th, 2015 by Mike

Remember: Olympic View Elementary’s plant sale runs until 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The school is at 504 N.E. 95th St.

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UPDATE with benefit fund: Tequila bandit strikes Maple Leaf’s COA

April 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Update 4/24: Jennifer emails: “Someone has started a GoFundMe for COA.

This link might be nice to put with the article. It is a shame when this type of crime happens.”

Josh emails this story with the note: “This is not good.”

Thieves steal $10,000 worth of liquor.

The story, from KIRO TV, says:

Thieves targeted a Seattle restaurant, stealing more than $10,000 worth of liquor.

The owners of COA Mexican restaurant off Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 80th Street in the Maple Leaf neighborhood told KIRO 7 they were stocking up for the Cinco de Mayo holiday when the burglars hit.

They’re now hoping their surveillance video helps catch them.

The burglary occurred early Sunday morning.

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